Teaching with and for creativity begins by integrating the 4 Instructional Elements into all teaching and learning. Next, 7 targeted Action Areas are introduced with accompanying mindsets and skillsets teachers can address to support the development of student creativity.
4 INSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS
Fluency – many ideas
Flexibility – different types of ideas
Originality – unique ideas
Elaboration – adding details to ideas
7 MINDSET & SKILLSET TARGETED ACTION AREAS
Skillset: Instilling in students an understanding and appreciation of positive and negative creative behaviors.
Mindset: Students will appreciate every aspect of the creative process for its own sake.
Skillset: Teaching new thinking strategies and tools to improve creative, critical, and innovative thinking.
Mindset: Students will view thinking as a skill that can be improved.
Skillset: Creating a project-based learning environment that requires students to demonstrate learning through the development of verbal or visual products.
Mindset: Students will view products as the necessary vehicle to demonstrate their creativity.
Skillset: Changing the internal mental and external physical “environments” to influence students’ creative output.
Mindset: Students will be open to conventional or unconventional means of stimulating creativity.
Skillset: Exposing students to alternative visual or verbal viewpoints or perspectives so they can acknowledge diversity in thinking and form their own conceptions.
Mindset: Students will internalize "breaking their mental chains” as a way of acquiring new viewpoints and/or perspectives.
Skillset: Using innovative assessments and instructional strategies to engage students in learning opportunities that require effort, diligence, and task commitment.
Mindset: Students will view failure as an opportunity to learn.
Skillset: Planning for a wide variety of learning explorations that address students’ strengths and interests so they can explore and discover passion areas of learning.
Mindset: Students will understand that immersing themselves “deeply” in creative endeavors results in losing an awareness of time and their environment.